Western Grower & Shipper 2018 05 MayJune


6 Redefining Rural America, One Woman at a Time 10 BIOLOGICALS Effective, Sustainable, and Offer a Strong ROI 12 Safe Drinking Water Bill Moving Toward Finish Line 14 Water Tech Updates 16 WATER YEAR 2017/18 Solid Spring Helps with Disappointing Winter 20 Pago: The Ag Labor Platform 22 WGCIT SPONSOR City of Salinas Offered Impetus for AgTech Movement 28 Avoiding Problems with Employee Leave of Absences

WESTERN GROWER & SHIPPER Published Since 1929

Volume LXXXIX Number 3

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